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2 PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES' SURPLUS FOR 1 YEAR IS 3 TIMES BUDGET'S INCREASE IN EDUCATION SPENDING?

THEREALSINGAPORE 25 February 2014 - 11:05am

I refer to the article “Singapore Budget 2014: More help with education costs for lower and middle-income families“ (Straits Times, Feb 21). Budget: $147m increase in education spending? It states that “For families with older children, help is also on the way in the form of enhanced bursaries for students attending institutes of higher learning. More students will be able to qualify for bursaries, with the per capita monthly household income threshold being raised from $1,700 to $1,900.


MFA SAYS TO AVOID PROTEST SITES, TAKE OUT INSURANCE IF HEADING TO THAILAND

THEREALSINGAPORE 25 February 2014 - 10:31am

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has updated its travel advisory for Singaporeans heading to Thailand as the anti-government protests continue in many parts of the country. Here is what they advise so that you can maximize your safety if you need to travel to Thailand: The Thai Government announced on 21 January 2014 that a state of emergency will be imposed for 60 days, with effect from 22 January 2014, in all districts of Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani’s Lardlumkaew district and Samut Prakarn’s Bang Pli district (which includes Suvarnabhumi Airport).


LTA LOOKING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT TO EXAMINE IMPACT OF NEW CROSS ISLAND LINE

THEREALSINGAPORE 25 February 2014 - 10:11am

The LTA is moving forward in its planning of the Cross Island line and it has called a tender for a consultant to assess the environmental impact of the new line particularly on the Central Catchment Nature reserve. It has called for an environmental impact assessment (EIA) team to look at the current situation in terms of the ecosystems and physical condition of the central catchment nature reserve and then compare various alignment options. 


WHY THE PAP GOVERNMENT HAS LOST ITS MORAL COMPASS AND POLITICAL CREDIBILITY

THEREALSINGAPORE 25 February 2014 - 8:42am

I believe the current PAP gov has lost the plot totally. Its heart to serve the people have long been overridden by pure greed. At every election, they resorted to chicanery to stay in power by gerrymandering. I keep finding for rational reasons on why our defence budget overshadow our health spending by a mile. Let me attempt to show why i think this PAP government has lost its moral compass and political credibility.


SAMSUNG UNVEILS ITS NEXT BIG THING: THE GALAXY S5

THEREALSINGAPORE 25 February 2014 - 8:33am

The long wait for Samsung fans is finally over: Samsung has finally taken the wraps off its Galaxy S5. There weren’t too many surprises as far as specs for the phone go — the Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 3GB of RAM, a 2,800 mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat. From a design perspective, Samsung has largely kept the same winning formula it found with both the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy S4: The new device still has a home button but has otherwise been designed to maximize screen real estate to show off Samsung’s gorgeous display technology.


GREED WITHOUT COMPASSION: HOW THE PAP GOVERNMENT EXPLOITS SINGAPOREANS ECONOMICALLY

THEREALSINGAPORE 25 February 2014 - 8:14am

For instance, out of the 24 patients at the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) who had declined dialysis treatment in 2011, two were denied treatment because their families refused to bear the cost, and another four turned down the procedure because they did not want to be a burden to their families. Yet another six rejected the treatment because they felt it was too expensive.


RIAU BUSH FIRE`S HOT SPOT MULTIPLIED 150 TIMES

THEREALSINGAPORE 25 February 2014 - 7:53am

Bush fire hot spots in Riau have multiplied 150 times, from 64 on Sunday (Feb. 23) to 1,234 on Monday, across eight districts and cities, as detected by Terra and Aqua Satellites, BMKG stated. Analyst of Riaus Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Ardhitama stated in Pekanbaru on Monday, that the number of hot spots in Riau was dominated across Sumatera Island, with 1,398 spots.


HEALTH WARNING : WATCH WHAT YOU EAT AT THE LOCAL MIXED VEGETABLE STALL!

THEREALSINGAPORE 25 February 2014 - 7:42am

My 72 yr old mum is currently working in a chain vegetable rice stall. She is still fit and healthy. She would rather work than stay at home. Every quarterly, the government even gives her some cash money credited to her POSB bank and CPF accounts. She belongs to a group of senior citizens who like to work even though the children give her monthly allowances to spend. She feels useful and independent working hard to earn some money.


IT'S SAD THAT SINGAPOREANS ARE AFRAID TO REALLY LIVE LIFE

THEREALSINGAPORE 25 February 2014 - 7:37am

For years, us Singaporeans (not referring to all) have been living in fears. What are those fears you may ask. 1) Fear of unemployment 2) Fear of not having sufficient qualification to get the basic jobs required to survive. 3) Fear of not having a roof over your head. 4) Fear of helping others when they are in need to avoid getting yourself into trouble. so on and so forth. Let me elaborate further. A lot of people out there have been struggling to survive and make ends meet. When the taxes get higher and higher, our pay remains like it is or maybe slightly increased a little for some. 


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